Kimora Lee Simmons

by ethnic on December 27, 2007

Birth Name: Kimora Lee Perkins

Place of Birth: St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 4, 1975

*African-American (father)
*Korean Japanese (mother)

Kimora Lee Simmons is an American fashion designer and model.

She was born to an African–American father and a Korean Japanese mother, who was adopted by an American service man during the Korean war. There is some debate regarding her mother’s ancestry. It has been written that she is of half Korean descent, while others say she that is of fully Japanese ancestry. Kimora has said that her mother is of fully Japanese descent, and was a war refugee who moved to Korea.

Kimora is married to banker Tim Leissner, with whom she has a son. She also has two children with her former husband, record producer Russell Simmons, and a son with her former partner, actor and model Djimon Hounsou.


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Princess June 17, 2015 at 12:24 pm

I feel so bad for one of her daughters. She’s ugly as sin, meanwhile her other daughter is beautiful.

midori29 February 6, 2015 at 1:22 pm
Check7t August 29, 2014 at 4:03 am

I thought she was fully Asian.

midori29 February 6, 2015 at 1:16 pm

@Check7t her hair is straightened and she has a nose job. Google young pictures of her.

midori29 February 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

Check out this young pic of her, she looked more half black here with naturally curly/kinky hair

ihatemostpeople January 21, 2014 at 3:54 am

She was prettier before she got fat.

indo December 15, 2013 at 9:01 pm

i thought she was just blak and Japanese?

Olivers January 5, 2014 at 11:38 am

She is just black and japanese. Her mother is japanese who lived in korea

Brown girls rock December 15, 2013 at 8:44 pm

It’s a trip how this site is here to tell people races yet people on here are debating about it..these are facts people not rumors…it’s hard for some people to believe that some of these gorgeous people are actually mixed with black…our culture is diverse and beautiful open your eyes racists

js November 29, 2013 at 1:44 am

She looks very Asian because of her straight hair and her getting a nose job. If you see Kimora in her younger years when she was modeling she had a wider nose and really kinky curly hair.

theropod July 17, 2013 at 8:00 am

For me she looks like a dark, very tanned Asian – think Thai or Filipino who got in the sun too much.

Never knew she had black ancestry.

flo January 24, 2017 at 6:01 am

Her father is black, so that’s not an ancestor.

midori29 August 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm

@the ropod its ironic you say that because the aborigines of Thailand and the Phillipines are black negritos. So they are African mixed a very very long time ago. Google Thailand “manis” and Filipina “aetas” these are black natives with afros. Most people are clueless about South Asia, even most South Asians.

Stefania7 February 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Stupid bitch that what she is. Always think shes better then everyone.

Daisuke November 7, 2012 at 3:42 pm

She is whatever she says she is if she says black then she’s black

nnnnn May 24, 2013 at 12:53 am

“She is whatever she says”. Yes, if one a psychiartist’s

Rudedude October 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

We live in an age of self-definition.

leslie2 October 19, 2013 at 4:01 pm

lmsoo thank you NNN!!!

However, in this case Kimora is half black and I believe her husband and most friends are aswell. So I can understand why she says it, however she does look very asian over being black.

LadyNikkitten November 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

She has a very diverse group of friends.

tae March 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm

She’s blasian

no March 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm

I cannot stand this woman

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:44 pm

This is a beautiful mix . . . but Kimora is not beautiful and has a sausage neck. She is one of the most obnoxious women ever.

Luis March 4, 2012 at 11:49 pm

wow she’s awesomely beautiful

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Not really . . . but her children are cute. :D

Ms.Filipina March 4, 2012 at 1:00 pm

This is for them hatin ass hoes (candy and a bitch tht called herself “me”) stop hatin cause she is prettier than u and ur ugly ass momma! she’s famous and y’all not! She’s rich and y’all still scrapping change in the projects! Bitch dios mio! Projects bitches r do funny cause u ain’t got nothin to do but hate hate and hate! Bitch u wish u can even be in her shoes! Dumb ass hoes! Grow up and get a life y’all dumb ass bitches! And nobody ask for u to comment on how good she look u Dumb bitches!

I love you, Roger Scientist March 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

You sound like a hoodrat. Tone it down a bit.

AIWITBR April 8, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Agreed…serious anger issues if I may say so myself.

NANADABLASIAN July 18, 2012 at 11:02 am


Shania February 10, 2012 at 8:11 pm

funny…i think the POTUS looks exactly like a chocolate version of his white maternal grandfather, down to the chin. glad other people see it too.

ashlee February 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

i thought she was philipino and black

Candy January 27, 2012 at 9:47 am

i couldn’t care less, the only thing that I think of when I think of Kimora is how annoying she is on the show…

Liam O'Connel January 22, 2012 at 3:33 am

to that girl zolie who said obama looks totally black. I really don’t get why people say that?..if I saw the man walking down the street it would be plainly obvious that he is not just black. I’m Irish, and the blacks that are here are usually from africa hence meaning they are actually FULLY black. It seems you americans do not know what a fully black guy looks like if you are stupid enough to say that obama looks fully black. put obama beside his mother and his father and his skin colour is right in the middle, and facial features wise he resembles his mother way more than his father. I know many of you are going to rate this comment down for some strange reason, because it seems that anyone who says obama looks mixed race gets attacked on here lol

Nathalie January 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I don’t really understand some of the comments posted here concerning Kimora. I’m not black, so am I missing something here? Why do some of you not consider Kimora to be black? Yeah, she considers herself black and japanese. She said so on the tyra show. I don’t think she is not owing her black half just because she is proud of her japanese heritage, too, by giving her daughters and son japanese names. Yes, she looks in appearance to have asiatic features, but that’s what happens when two races come together. A child can look more or less like both races in the family or one over the other. It’s genetics. I have a suspicion some of you would treat her differently and be like, “No, she’s just black” if she had the facial features of what you guys think black looks like.

Duh, It's Nai! March 1, 2012 at 3:54 pm

what stupid person would say she’s just black… plz reply to my comment so i can call u a complete dumb ass. no offense but she’s very tall and her mother is asian who is not 6’1/’2 her hair is more course than an asian person’s hair. but as for her facial features they look more asian than anythng. nonetheless she’s gorgeous and i do not think that she knocks her asian side, it’s just ppl like you who doubt that she’s black which is prolly why she says it a lot.

samjma January 18, 2012 at 4:55 am

she looks kind of like partially MOngolian ,i mean just looks like

rose January 13, 2012 at 1:19 pm

She think she’s sooo black.

Paulie January 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

I really like this sight. I have to grown daughters who are Afro-American (me the mother) and Nor-Swedish (father). It is nice to see others who are successful and multiracial.

Thank You for having this site available. You should also thank the celebs who let us know who and what they are.

Zolie January 6, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Some mixed people (which is rare) look either totally black, white, asian and so forth. Like Kimora, she looks totally Asian. I would classify her as Asian, because if she was in a group with Full blooded Asian you could not tell if she was mixed. And that is how the world really looks at it, plain and simple. Just like President Obama, he looks totally Black, and he knows it. So it would be stupid for him to run around talking about I am mixed. He has the sense to know how the world sees him, and it is not about denying one side over the other

Meg January 2, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Black and east asian seem to mix very smoothly. They either end up looking like a tan asian (like Kimora) or a black person with almond shaped eyes (like Ameriie or Crystal Kay). Usually a very striking mix though.

me January 27, 2012 at 11:21 am

Kimora is ugly. Her neck looks like sausage rolls. However, Amerie and Sharon Leal are gorgeous. (:

mike January 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm

good nose job :)

wow January 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

That’s rude and what a racy comment to make… how do you even know whether she had a nose job or not …are you suddenly her surgeon??

nonyabuz December 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

ok im leaving this message to the girl that just said she dont buy her products cauz shes fat. your reaaly a bitch she had like 2 or 3 babies and u call her fat and just b cauz shes fat doesnt mean u cant buy her products and ur probebly fat urself u just say that to make yourself feel better sooo yah ! shes a hard working mom and if she was to read this right now she probebly would be hurt

Liam O'Connel December 30, 2011 at 12:00 am

I had no idea she was half black, I thought she was fully asian…rofl I bet this comment is going to get rated down by many african americans

waaa? December 30, 2011 at 4:24 am

um, no people have been much aware that she was as they say”blasian” Black & asian

Jase December 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Liam you need some black friends

Hannie November 6, 2011 at 6:35 am

Woow, and my sister looks a lot like her except that she is 2 shaeds darker than her

starstar October 28, 2011 at 12:05 am

Trace japanese roots and you’ll find there’s no such such thing as pure or real japanese ppl..islanders are usually very mixed.

Jase December 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm
KimoraLeeMomisaLIAR October 9, 2011 at 2:08 am

First off! My family has every race in in literally. Second, I love Kimora and what she does and how much love she has for her babies. And third sorry but my grandmother is from Japan Tokyo to be precise. And she grew up in the war and lost 2 uncles who died fighting and a husband who was a POW in China and escaped being transported to a labor camp/prison same shit! Now Kimora’s mom aka Joanne??????????????????????? Changed nane to Kyoko and her crazy, fibulosity story of where she came from is complete bullshit! My grandmother laughed when I told her the story! My grandmother infact stated she’s Korean pretending to be Japanese. NO Japanese has ever fled Japan to be in Korea she stated with a big ol laugh. Honestly, Joanne should come clean because it makes her sound and look so foolish of her not being proud of her roots. I understand her so called reasoning, but she isnt fooling anyone exspecially REAL JAPANESE! She’s a WAR BRIDE! My grandmother states she has a lot of shame due to tensions between Japanese and Koreans. I wonder often wondered if Koreans despise the Japanese so much than why do you live in South Korea?? Makes no sense to me??? Anyhow, for the people who are so interested in this topic I hope this answers your question. Joannes blood isnt Japanese. Maybe to her it sounds better to say shes Japanese, but unfortunately REAL JAPANESE people who know their history & culture know shes full of shit and lies. Be proud of who you are! Dont tell lies because it might bite you in your ass. To lie about some American GI adopting is sooooooooooo full of shit!!! We never orphaned oyr childten!!!! Koreans orphane their off spring!!!!! During that time no US GOV would allow a American soilder to adopt a enemy let alone marry! The US GOV highly opposed any marriages let alone American GI in Japan adopting??? Please come up with a better lie please! I dont think she thought the internet would have existed when she disclosed this bogus lie!!!!! Japan would have no purpose to live in Korea, but Koreans have a purpose to be in Japan $$$$$$$$$ Grandma broke it all down!!!

Todd December 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Apparently grandma didn’t teach you how to spell – guess she’s not good for much especially listening to the drivel you spouted off. Japanese know their history? Their extreme distorted vision of it I guess – especially as they are re-writing their text books to say they didn’t get bent over during the way but hey – whatever makes you happy. Might wanna ask granny about the incest rates in Japan – pretty shocking. And no, Koreans don’t abondon their kids any more/less than japanese do. The only one of the big 3 asian countries that does that is China which is well known for casting off their girls to other countries.
Back to topic – sounds like Kimora and her mom have a real identity crisis if she is indeed Korean. Maybe she’s mad that her family gave her up for whatever reason and doesn’t want anything to do with Korea. Sad for her cause Korea has a great and long history in the world. Unbiased view mostly as I’m white but love history – I just find it funny when inferiority-complexed japanese spout off about how great Japan is while Korea sucks. Sorry – but you guys are the bastard sons/daughters of China/Korea – I know you hate it but thats the way it is so get over it already and stop trying to prove to yourselves only that you’re better than the other two, lol.

Jase December 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Well her mom is really pretty and she is Japanese and her dad is black

She’s not adopted

brittanysanchez March 5, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Everybody wanna be african american I am proud to be half black.

lolx December 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm

why african AMERICAN?

Proud 2 be a Portuguese-Spanish-Black Curacaoan <3

Melanie Lombardi February 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I’ve always wondered why when her & Russell got divorced she never dropped the Simmons from her last name. Even though she’s already with another man and they have an adorable son Kenzo(: I think she just uses the rich & powerfull last name of Russell as a platform, I know she’s successful on her own but I mean you’re not together anymore why still have your ex-husbands last name.

Jase December 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Ok as a business woman myself I would of kept the name why because she helped Russell rebuild a brand and helped him make lots of income
Its just the brand not the man she worked hard for it and she deserves it

creole baby504 August 12, 2010 at 10:33 am


Anonymous September 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm

i agree

sandy July 13, 2010 at 3:42 pm

i don’t buy her baby phat products cuz she is FAT i buy jlo’s instead

Jase December 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm
hmm July 10, 2010 at 6:03 am

just like chanel iman

greg August 6, 2010 at 11:59 pm

Chanel is only a quarter Korean and the rest is Black. So no, not just like Kimora

total23 May 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

“Joanne Perkins was born into the chaos of the Korean War and later adopted by an American serviceman who had spotted her mother filling sandbags in Inchon. Joanne maintains that her “full-blooded Japanese” mother went to Korea from Kyoto as a refugee during World War II, though this would make her a historical anomaly. There were few, if any, refugees from Kyoto, since it was never bombed, and those who left for Korea at the war’s end were invariably ethnic Koreans who were repatriating.

Joanne Perkins worked as an administrator for Social Security and has retired to a house in East Hampton that Kimora bought for her. Perkins now calls herself by her mother’s name, Kyoko, baffling longtime acquaintances.”[email protected]/57933907/

total23 May 28, 2010 at 1:58 pm

Which Makes Kimora Half Japanese Korean And Half African American.

ethnic May 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm

NIce one Total. thanks

total23 July 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm

But How Comes You Never Put It Up?…Lol!

ethnic July 13, 2010 at 7:38 pm

its up now

la da dee May 25, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Her mother was born to full Korean parents who moved to Japan. She is NOT Japanese maybe by nationality through naturalization but not by origin. I saw a documentary years ago when Kimora was starting out as a model but I guess some how living in Japan suddenly makes you “Japanese”??? For some reason I guess Kimora thinks that she is Japanese because she never states that she is Korean.

ethnic May 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm

unfortunately some people like to choose an ethnicity that seems more appealing to them. If she is actually just Korean Id be proud to admit that.

Chad October 4, 2010 at 6:17 am

Wow, you have it all backwards.

Her mother was a pure-blooded *Japanese* woman, who settled in *korea* because of the war. She is Japanese by blood, and moved to Korea. Not the other way around.

Kimora *is* Japanese by blood.

Nichole May 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Who didn’t know she was black??? LOL. Everyone can trace back to Africa anyway…it would just be VERY difficult for some…but Africa is where the human race began… :)

anonymous February 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm

very true :)

drexxx April 27, 2010 at 3:07 am

just because a black man found kimora’s mother pretty does’nt mean that asians are not ugly. I mean, i don’t find asian ppl ugly at all, but we can’t prove that asian ppl are not ugly just because of a black man who found an asian women pretty, it’s ridiculous, and what does that mean??? If a white man, or an asian man, find an asian girl pretty, it doesn’t count ???
COLOR, i agree with you when you say asian ppl are not ugly, but your argument is quite dumb, sorry.

color? April 19, 2010 at 5:23 am

people say asians are ugly if so how come some black man thought kimora mom was a beautiful women, therfore suming it up asians are not ugly

Amber B July 22, 2011 at 9:27 am

for the most part I dont think African Americans think asia people are ugly!

ethnic March 27, 2010 at 9:25 am

what a cutie

drexxx March 27, 2010 at 1:13 am
Fuzzybear March 13, 2010 at 10:43 am

To drexxx

Ok, I got you,but the funny thing is each one of those you mention,Id themselves as black;so I think their the dumb ones.

here’s something funny to me,you take 100 black americans,put them in a room.Then ask,anyone who isn’t full black,leave.You know you would probably have 99% of the room leaving .So when they say things like he/she isn’t black,would they please tell me who is?Because all my life,I thought I was a black person,now according to other peoples comments;I’m not

TripleBlackandBeautiful July 22, 2011 at 8:24 am

Who continues to promote this idea that Africans in America are 99% mixed… WE ARE THE ORIGINAL PEOPLES OF THE EARTH AND NORTH AMERICA…

So how is it that if my great grand parents, grand parents and parents are all African Americans, how is a person not BLACK!

That theory is full of shit!

drexxx March 13, 2010 at 7:45 am

In france, when a mixed black/white person get huge success, the person is automatically considered as “non-black”, and when this same person get scandalous, the person is considered as “black” only : it’s sooo unfair !!!
When Barack Obama won the elections, white french ppl were so annoyed and jealous that they kept on saying “Black ppl are so dumb, barack obama isn’t black anyways”
It’s true, but in france ppl like barack obama are described mostly by their non black side than they black side, which is (for me) the most obvious. And it’s the same for alicia keys when she won the grammy award and for halle berry when she won the academy award.

Fuzzybear March 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm

To drexxx

comment:it’s white people who are one dropping

How do you mean?

drexxx March 9, 2010 at 7:45 pm

Black people are one droping in US !!! trust me in france it’s completly in reverse !!! it’s white people who are one dropping !!!!

Lauren March 5, 2010 at 4:45 am

Im not blonde thats how dumb you are. The kid is 50/50. So why would she tell the kid she is black? Because black people are always one dropping

lilo March 5, 2010 at 3:47 am

Clearly your ignorance goes far beyond that of an uneducated person, why are you saying the kid is half white coz they r half of both…..
Go figure common sense aint that common after all hey blondie

Lauren March 5, 2010 at 1:21 am

No it’s ignorant people like you that have half white kids and try to make them be black like your ass. They are MULATTO

mememe March 4, 2010 at 7:23 pm

anonymous, u wnt understand bcs u are nt black. evey1 thnks black ppl shld be pitch black. Sweety im married to a white man en u shld c our child. ignorant ppl like u will argue that she is nt black…just gt over ur selves and accept that black is ther and its goin nowhere

Anonymous February 3, 2010 at 5:04 pm

I could hardly tell Kimora has black in her as oppose to other celebs like Amerie. Kimora’s dad must have been mixed with something else and was a light skinnd african american.

IM KIRA January 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm

hey Lala, what is your race?:)

Lala January 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I hear you ethnic. I’m getting sick of people seeing my race first, as opposed to who I am. F**king sick to my guts.

hellokitty December 18, 2009 at 6:46 pm

or imagine a world where all whites are fair as snow, blacks are darker than ebony, asians are yellow, and hispanics and brown. Everyone would know exactly what ethnicity you are. But its not so, nor was it ever so. We have come together and mixed and made even more different looking people and thats beautiful. be proud of your ethnicity. We are all apart of the same race. the human race.

ethnic October 8, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Just imagine the world when everyone is the same color. That would be the end of a lot of problems we have today.

young October 8, 2009 at 8:06 am

Everyone is mixed – this is no such thing as “pure race”. For example, Koreans are mixed peoples of Mongolia and other Altaics. Africans are mixed of other groups as well. All of our racial makeups are constituted of continual admixture – one day, everyone will be beige.

ethnic September 21, 2009 at 8:27 pm

KoreanIsAsKoreanDoes, thanks for the comment, good point about the surname Lee. It definitely isnt Japanese your right. but I think Lee might be an English name as her mother was adopted as a baby and changed her full name to an English name, Joanne Perkins.

KoreanIsAsKoreanDoes September 21, 2009 at 12:22 pm

If Kimora’s last name is Lee Perkins, she’s Korean and Japanese. No Japanese name is Lee, while both Chinese and Koreans have the last name “Lee.” Other Asians may spell it Le or Li, but Japanese names do not include “Lee.”

supernerdy June 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm

i know some white people that went to africa and had there children there now tell me ethnic r they 100%african

t June 6, 2009 at 9:11 am

ethnic kinda but not really

ethnic June 6, 2009 at 9:09 am

unless they just came over from Africa.

t June 6, 2009 at 6:14 am

yell all of them are. no black person in america is 100% black but to different degree

kelly June 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm

errmmm no, not all of thm are :S

What a lovely winter day December 1, 2008 at 4:34 pm

See, folks don’t realize that all black folks are mixed to some degree. They are not just black. Non of them. Maybe the ones in the undiscovered lands of Africa.

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